Inslee rescinds more than a dozen COVID proclamations as CDC updates guidelines for schools

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OLYMPIA, Washington, August 14, 2022 – Governor Jay Inslee cancels 13 COVID-19 proclamations under his emergency authority according to proclamations issued August 5 and signed July 29. All reviews take effect at 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022.

The reviews relate to long-term care facility guidelines and the reinstatement of various policies and laws, including elective medical procedures, licensing requirements, eligibility for Medicaid admission, eligibility for the family emergency assistance program, and much more.

The rationale for rescinding the executive orders according to the amended proclamations are “recent advances in medicine,” including COVID-19 reminders and antivirals. It also states that “health experts and epidemiological modeling experts believe that as a state, we have made adequate progress against COVID-19 in rescinding and/or modifying amending proclamations related to health issues. specific health”.

Violators of the recension which takes effect at the end of October may be subject to criminal penalties in accordance with RCW 43.06.220(5).

On Thursday, August 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its K-12 guidelines for schools to support safe in-person learning. Below are the latest updates:

  • Removed Cohort Recommendation: Keeping groups of students together throughout the day to minimize contact with others.
  • The CDC no longer recommends routine drug testing in K-12 schools. Schools may consider screening tests to focus on high-risk activities during a high community level of COVID-19 or in response to an outbreak.
  • Removed quarantine recommendation except in high-risk gathering environments.
  • Schools no longer need to implement “test to stay” policies. Students who have been exposed to the virus are now under the same advice as adults regardless of vaccination status.
  • Added detailed information on when to wear a mask, case and exposure management, and outbreak response

20-74.4: Association for Behavioral Health, Children’s Long-Term Hospital Program and Residential Treatment Facilities – Operations and Visits

According to the last sequence, 20-74.4, Proclamation 20-74 is terminated and canceled at 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022.

The review ends Guidance requirements issued by the BHA for the following Behavioral Health Administration facilities:

  • State-run adult psychiatric facilities including Western State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital and the Child and Study Treatment Center – RCW 72.23.020, RCW 72.23.010(9).
  • The Special Engagement Center on McNeil Island – RCW 71.09.020(19)
  • King County Secure Community Transitional Facility – RCW 71.09.020 (15)
  • Pierce County Safe Community Transitional Facility on McNeil Island – RCW 71.09.020 (15)
  • Fort Steilacoom Skills Restoration Program Residential Treatment Facility – RCW 10.77
  • Maple Lane Skills Recovery Program Residential Treatment Facility – RCW 10.77 4
  • Yakima Skills Restoration Program Residential Treatment Facility – RCW 10.77 20-66.6 Long Term Care – Operations and Visits

Facility operations of long-term hospitalization programs for children (CLIP) will no longer be required to comply with the Guidance documents issued by the HCA and Guidance documents published by the DOH for Residential Treatment Facilities (RTF) will also no longer be required for operations from October 27, 2022.

20-66.6 Long-term care – Operations and visits

According to the last sequence, 20-66.6, Proclamation 20-66 is terminated and canceled at 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022. The original order was due on August 12, 2020.

The proclamation restricting visits to long-term care facilities, according to the executive order, was implemented in an effort to save the lives of seniors in “congregate settings.”

“The risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 appears to be higher among members of our population aged 60 and older and those with chronic health conditions; and …residents, staff, vendors, and visitors to the facility may bring COVID-19 into the facility and start an outbreak or spread an existing outbreak to a new population,” the initial proclamation said.

The following facilities listed below are no longer required to comply with the guidance documents for (a) certified community residential services and support(b) family residences for adults, service residences and establishments with improved servicesetc) retirement homes and intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilitiesas of October 27, 2022:

  • Intermediate Care Facilities – 42 CFR 483 Subpart I and WAC 388-835, WAC 388-837
  • State Operated Living Alternatives – RCW 71A.12
  • Nursing facilities – RCW 18.51 and RCW 74.42
  • Residences with assistance – RCW 18.20
  • Family homes for adults – RCW 70.128
  • Improved service facilities – RCW 70.97

20-65.6 Long-term care – Workers, facilities and resources

According to the last sequence, 20-65.6, Proclamation 20-65 is terminated and canceled at 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022.

The initial proclamation addressed various laws relating to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, such as educational requirements, staffing requirements, eligibility for Medicaid admission for individuals, and more. – see initial proclamation 20-65 for more details.

20-59.9 Department of Health – Temporary practice permits

According to the last sequence, 20-59.9, Proclamation 20-59 is terminated and canceled at 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022.

The initial proclamation permitted the issuance of a “temporary license to practice” allowing healthcare workers “to practice the profession pending the completion of documentation showing that the applicant meets the requirements for a license and nor is it subject to the refusal of a license or the issuance of a permit”. a conditional license.

The purpose of the original proclamation was “to avert a shortage of licensed health care providers by modifying the eligibility for temporary licensure for recent graduates of professional programs in dentistry, pharmacy and dental hygiene.”

Proclamation details 20-59 waived and suspended portions of the administrative and licensing bylaws and rules relating to the issuance of temporary licensure (TPPs) for healthcare workers who have recently graduated from professional healthcare programs .

Healthcare workers with a TPP in dentistry, pharmacy and dental hygiene must meet the legal requirements of their profession to practice as of October 27, 2022.

20-52.11 Statewide COVID proclamations regarding long-term care

According to the last sequence, 20-52.11, Proclamations 20-06, 20-10, 20-16, 20-17, 20-18and 20-52 are terminated and canceled as of 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022.

The COVID Proclamations policies and programs listed below are impacted as follows:

  • The Family Emergency Assistance Program will no longer be expanded to include individuals and families without children
  • Removal of restrictions and bans on visits to long-term care facilities – see 20-16 and 20-17 for more details
  • Discusses various laws relating to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, such as training requirements, staffing requirements and Medicaid Eligibility for individuals – see 20-10 for more details
  • Removal of resident visitation and isolation restrictions and visitation logs may be destroyed after 30 days for nursing homes and assisted living facilities – see 20-06 for more details.

20-36.11 Ministry of Health – Health Care Facilities and Hand Sanitizer

According to the last sequence, 20-36.11, Proclamation 20-36 is terminated and canceled at 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022.

The policies and companies listed below are impacted as follows:

  • Any person exercising a pharmacy or establishing or operating a pharmacy must again be authorized
  • Merchants will no longer be considered licensed pharmacists
  • Drugmakers will again have to pay license fees
  • Medical institutions will again be required to notify the Ministry of Health of adverse health events and medical errors within 48 hours and submit a report within 45 days of the event.
  • Reinstate licensing requirements to operate a hospital in Washington State

20-32.12 Ministry of Health – Health workers

According to the last sequence, 20-32.12, Proclamation 8:32 p.m. is terminated and cancelled. As of 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022, the reinstatement of all licensing requirements for healthcare workers will come into effect.

20-24.4 Restrictions on Non-Emergency Medical Procedures

According to the last sequence, 20-24.4, Proclamation 20-24 is terminated and cancelled. Effective 12:01 a.m. on October 27, 2022, health care services, procedures and surgeries for all non-emergency medical procedures are restored to all hospitals, outpatient surgical facilities, dental, orthodontic and of Endodontics from Washington State.

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